Dhruv Boruah was born in a remote village of northeast India and from a tender age grew accustomed to rising up to the challenges that came his way. Negotiating flooded rivers simply to get back home were part of his everyday. The years passed and after graduating as an engineer he lived, worked, and studied throughout India, Germany, and Spain, before settling in the UK. During his professional career, he has undertaken entrepreneurial and consulting roles in both venture capital-backed startups and Fortune 500 companies. His core talent is to synthesize complex scientific & technical research, breaking them down for non-specialist audiences to digest. His corporate experience and for-purpose-adventures, added to his networking abilities, allow him to engage with every stakeholder, facilitating collaboration and taking action.
What drives him the most is the freedom for adventure and getting out of his comfort zone. Dhruv has raced a 70-ft yacht from London to Rio de Janeiro, completed arctic survival exercises in Svalbard, driven a yellow ambulance from Madrid to Mongolia, cycled across Colombia on a handmade bamboo bike, and ran a marathon in North Korea.
Known to do things differently, Dhruv became the first person to cycle on the River Thames last year, after cycling unsupported on water using his handmade floating bamboo bike; collecting plastic litter along the way to raise public awareness about plastic pollution, microplastics, and toxic chemicals. The campaign is a continuing great success and ‘The Thames Project’ has been covered by national and international broadcast media and publications, including the BBC, ITV, CNN, Business Insider, NTV Russia, Khabar 24 Kazakhstan, Het Parool Netherlands, and more.
Besides running awareness campaigns, he is also actively involved in lobbying local councils, religious communities, charities, businesses, festivals, and other government agencies to come up with plastic-free strategies to accelerate our way toward a circular economy. Dhruv is also an angel investor at Much Better Adventures and Cafe X, and is currently setting up a fund for disruptive ideas regarding sustainability and the circular economy. Aside from being a regular contributor to the BBC, ITV and other media, Dhruv is a sought-after speaker, with a diverse audience spanning sailors, students, startups, and government agencies, all the way to multinationals.
Dhruv’s recent speaking engagements include two TEDx talks titled “Why plastic pollution is more than the last straw.” and “Are we eating plastic for dinner?” Other talks include “The plastic pollution cocktail” at the Little Ship Club, London, “Creating an impact” at the University of Westminster, London, and “Sustainable Entrepreneurship” at IE University, Madrid. Dhruv firmly believes in “adventures with a purpose” and wants to inspire people to step out of their comfort zone, take action, and do something more meaningful than just living through posts on Facebook and other social media.
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